Dear Family and Friends,
It's such a blessing being a missionary! I am so very thankful for the opportunity to share the gospel with others and to help others feel of the peace and joy that comes through our Savior. I have really been reflecting upon our callings as missionaries and for the responsibility that we have to represent the church as well as our Savior, Jesus Christ. I strive constantly to change and to realign my desires with the will and desires of the Lord for me. I love the scripture in the Old Testament found in Joshua 3:5 "And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." And among the teachings that Christ gave in his personal ministry among the Nephites in 3 Nephi 20:41 "And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord." I know as we continuously realign our will with our Savior's will, we will find immeasurable blessings. We will find added strength in our every day lives as we continuously change and grow to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. I know as we repent daily and use the enabling powers of the Atonement, we will be clean vessels so that we can help others come unto Christ and continue on the path that leads us back to our Heavenly Father. How truly amazing it is that we are able to be clean and sanctified through the Atonement of Christ so that we can return to our Father's presence.
We have had some great visits this week and we are very thankful for our Heavenly Father's help in guiding us to those who are ready to receive the restored gospel. On Tuesday, on our way to a member visit we visited with Laura who was outside playing with her daughters. We had a great conversation about her beliefs and the strength that she has received from reading in the bible and in learning more about our Savior. She was very interested in our new church building that was just built and was interested in having a lesson and a church tour next week! She seems pretty receptive and we hope that as we show her the chapel and share our beliefs that she will feel of the truthfulness of the gospel. It is very neat to see many people with interest in the gospel and in our beliefs as Latter-Day Saints. It will be great to see how she will progress.
On Thursday, we had a great visit with a returning less-active Bro. Dalrymple. He has been coming consistently to church and we have been visiting with him pretty frequently. He was baptized only four years ago so we have been helping him learn more about the gospel and in strengthening his testimony. We shared a message about our purpose in this life and how we should prepare to live with our Heavenly Father along with our families. We discussed how scripture reading, prayer, and attending church are essential in our progress in this life. As we do these things, I know we will draw closer to our Father in Heaven and have His guidance and direction in our lives as well. I am so very thankful for the chance to see others progress in the gospel and to learn and grow in the church. It is truly a blessing to see others change and come unto Christ.
We were able to visit the Nassari family on Friday and we shared a message about the importance and relevance that the Restoration has for us personally. We also discussed how they can gain a greater understanding of our beliefs through going to church. As we go to church, we are able to feel of the guidance of the Holy Ghost and we are able to receive added light and revelation in our lives. We also are unified and strengthened as we join together in worship and help each other in our growth in the gospel. Salvador is gaining more light in reading from the Book of Mormon and we have been striving to help him see the evidences of the Spirit that he has felt to the truthfulness of the Restoration. Unfortunately, Salvador will be gone for work until October so we will have to postpone visiting for right now, but we got in contact with our Ward mission leader and invited him to reach out to Silvi so that she has support as Salvador is gone. I hope as we are able to meet together again in the future that we will continue to help build up their faith in the gospel and in our Savior.
We had a great visit with the Hernandez family this week as well. We have lunch in their home every Saturday and we always have a great time visiting with them. For our message we shared a few scriptures from 1 Nephi 2 and we discussed how as we keep the commandments, we will prosper in the land and will be blessed for living the gospel. As we are diligent in living the gospel and keeping the commandments, we will stand firm, steadfast, and unwavering as we face the trials and challenges of this life. Bro. Hernandez made a great comment to their family about the necessity in reading from the scriptures and in being involved in good gospel habits that will fortify and strengthen our families. I hope to see them coming to church more often and in seeing how they will change as they read and pray as a family.
I am so very thankful for the scriptures and for the light and revelation that we receive as we feast upon the word of Christ and apply and abide by the principles and precepts that we learn. How amazing it is to read of those who had strong faith in Jesus Christ and in reading their testimonies and the things they knew to be true. I know as we remember the words of ancient prophets as found in the scriptures, we will grow in our knowledge of the gospel and we will have an increased desire to share it with others. The scriptures were truly meant for our day and are such a blessing for us to be built on a strong foundation upon our Savior and his teachings.
Thank you all for the support and prayers. Hope you have an amazing summer!
Elder Munro with new Mission Pres & Sister Polley